Saina is relying on her retrieving ability but that hasn't troubled Marin, who is turning defence into attack. Here we are, again. Marin clearly has the mental and physical edge over Saina. The Indian shuttler has been hesitant to lift the shuttle from the forecourt.
Marin has been imperious from the beginning. That crosscourt drop shot was out of the top drawer. Marin is rocking the court with her foot movements too. It's one-way traffic at the moment. Marin is hitting some top-class forehand drives and mixing it well with deceptive shots to trounce Saina.
A faultless start for Marin, who is looking to finish things quickly. She's got the punch strokes to unsettle Saina. That's a healthy five-point lead for the Spaniard. Saina is looking a bit vexed now. Marin, as always, has been aggressive and the only way to bring her down is by being ultra-aggressive. Saina can manage that. The ever-tenacious Spaniard extends her lead, thanks to a strong start.
Saina must avoid pushing her towards the backcourt. Both Saina and Marin look focused, prolonging the rally in the early exchanges. The Indian enjoys a lead over Marin in the overall head-to-head meetings. India's Saina Nehwal takes the court as she prepares to face former champion Carolina Marin in the quarter-finals. The winner will face He Bingjiao in the semifinal, who defeated Tai Tzu Ying to enter the semis.
The Chinese have clearly outsmarted Ashwini at the net. The Indian shuttler is unable to return and create openings. The Chinese pair is mixing the shots well from both front and back, leaving no room for Ashwini and Satwik to find angles.
The Chinese have started well as they look to open up a healthy lead over the Indian pair. Satwik and Ashwini could succumb under pressure in the second game, having let their opponents dictate rallies.
Satwik gifts a point to Zheng and Huang with yet another service fault. He looks at the chair umpire in disbelief. Satwik hits a towering smash to close the gap on Zheng and Huang's lead. However, they still trail by a single point in the opening game. Ashwini was caught in two minds there. Eventually, she decided to push the shuttle a little hard. Zheng and Huang look sharper than their opponents.
This time, it's Ashwini who hits consecutive down-the-line smashes to catch Zheng by surprise. Huang hasn't troubled the year-old shuttler. The Indian pair trails by three points.
Saina defeated Thai fourth-seeded Ratchanok Intanon , in 47 minutes to enter the women's singles quarter-finals for a championship record eighth consecutive time. Saina took her time to settle down and Intanon gave her a tough time in the early stages of the opening game. Intanon was leading at one point, but Saina took six consecutive points to take the lead.
The Indian, a two-time World Championships medallist, continued to dominate after the break to take the first game by a comfortable margin. The second game was a tighter affair with both players fighting neck and neck till the very end.
But with the scores tied at , Saina took two back to back points to clinch the issue. I would say after 19 all, those two points I think Gopi Sir really played a big role there," she said. Third-seeded Sindhu followed Saina's path to the last eight round after moving past South Korean ninth seed Sung Ji Hyun , in 42 minutes.
Sindhu caught a brilliant start, going up in no time. Even though Sung improved her game after the mid-game interval, Sindhu held an lead before pocketing the game In the second game, Sung looked determined, opening up a lead. But Sindhu slowly picked momentum and equalised at the point mark before leading Sung continued to slide as she lost the second game While two-time world champion Carolina defeated 15th seed Sayaka Sato of Japan , in the third round, Okhuhara got past Goh Jin Wei , Liew upped the ante just after the mid-game interval in the first game, taking a lead which proved vital as he won The second game witnessed a see-saw battle but Liew orchestrated a superb finish by winning three consecutive games when they were tied In the quarter-finals on Friday, Praneeth will take on Japanese rising star Kento Momota, who defeated Denmark's 16th seed Anders Antonsen , , Highlight of women's singles SF between Sindhu and Yamaguchi.
It is Lin Dan with an early lead in this semi-final. The defence of the Chinese shuttler is holding good against his compatriot Huang. Akane Yamaguchi enters the final. What can be said about these players and their rallies that hasn't been said before?
It has been an exhilarating match so far! Champion performances from both these shuttlers. Yamaguchi's relentless attack has helped her level the scores with Sindhu. Just for the sheer brilliance in that rally, it is a shame that both players can't share that point!
Yamaguchi drops it just out of the reach of Sindhu who continues to be the lead. Sindhu makes two consecutive unforced errors. One shot at the net and the other falls wide as Yamaguchi reduces Sindhu's lead. Fabulous smash from Sindhu to go into the mid-game interval with a 4-point advantage as they change ends in the decider of this intense semi-final. This match is producing one impressive rally after the other.
Yamaguchi prevails in this rally that equals the earlier longest rally 44 shots. Sindhu in the lead. Two successive mistimed smashes gives Yamaguchi the opportunity to bridge in the gap. Sindhu needs to not take her foot off the pedal. Fantastic smash there by Sindhu to take a 2-point lead in the decider.
The Indian ace seems to be unleashing one smash after the other in this 3rd game. Sindhu in the lead in the decider. The Indian ace needs to win a lot more net exchanges if she hopes to make it to her maiden final at the All England Open. Three straight points for Sindhu in the 2nd game to reduce Yamaguchi's lead to a solitary point. Yamaguchi with a 3-point cushion in the 2nd game. Will this match go into the decider? Strike whatever I've said about the rallies so far. This was an insane rally that pushed both these players to the brink.
Sindhu misses the point at the end of the shot rally. Yamaguchi with a 2-point lead. That would be the best rally so far in this match. Yamaguchi dives to retrieve a shot and continues to keep the shuttle in play only to net an easy chance soon after. Sindhu levels the scores once again.
Yamaguchi goes into the mid-game interval with a 2-point advantage. She has been dictating the speed of the rallies and has been doing it with impressive consistency LIVE: Sindhu levels the scores with a smash that pushes Yamaguchi to the deep backhand corner.
Yamaguchi manages to only hit the net. Such a good rally and Yamaguchi finishes with an delicate net shot that Sindhu fails to send across the net. Yamaguchi in the lead. Sindhu loses her 1st of 2 game-point opportunities after Yamaguchi smashes a winner right inside the lines. Sindhu finally moves off from the '17' mark to once again lead in the opening game. It is Yamaguchi who gets that point after 33 shots. Sindhu's early lead is of little relevance now.
Yamaguchi is playing her way back into the match. She looks much more assured and is forcing Sindhu into those long rallies.
Yamaguchi's patience is helping her bridging the gap between her and Sindhu. Sindhu has opened up her lead to seven points. It has been one towering performance by the World Championships silver medallist so far.
She needs to keep the rallies shorter if Yamaguchi needs to be kept out of contention. Sindhu still in the lead but Yamaguchi is starting to make her presence felt in the match after trailing Sindhu's coach Gopichand shouts from the sidelines asking her to continue the attack.
Dream start for the Indian ace as she looks to enter her maiden final at the England Open. Aggressive start from Sindhu to take the first point of the match with a body smash.
World No 3 PV Sindhu has had a tough run so far in this tournament. All her matches have been marathon three-game thrillers.